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Doctor insights on: Can Dark Circles Under Your Eyes Be Due To Iron Deficiency Anemia

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Can dark circles under your eyes be due to iron deficiency anemia?

Can dark circles under your eyes be due to iron deficiency anemia?

NO...: Low iron state typically causes paleness of skin, mucus membranes, and it is more evident in your eyes (pale cconjunctivae). So, this should not cause dark circles under your eyes..More likely from chronic nasal congestions which reduce blood flow and causing the darker appearances there--often known as allergic shiners. Treating nasal congestions/allergies may help. Consult your doc.. Good luck. ...Read more

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Help with pain behind my eyes. I have iron deficiency anemia like many women. Could my lack of iron be causing this?

Help with pain behind my eyes. I have iron deficiency anemia like many women. Could my lack of iron be causing this?

No: Pain behind the eyes is associated with headaches, including occipital neuralgia with referred pain. Iron deficiency anemia is not a cause of headaches behind the eyes. Severe anemia can cause dizziness and in some cases headaches, but these do not localize behind the eyes. ...Read more

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Is it normal for me to be having pain behind my eyes? I have iron deficiency anemia like many women. Could my lack of iron be causing this?

Is it normal for me to be having pain behind my eyes? I have iron deficiency anemia like many women. Could my lack of iron be causing this?

No: Fe deficiency anemia should not cause that symptom. Many possible reasons but an exam is really the only way to find out for sure. ...Read more

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My doctor told me to watch exhaustion levels due to iron deficiency anemia. Lately I've been sleeping 10ish hours still tired. Do I Tell her?

My doctor told me to watch exhaustion levels due to iron deficiency anemia. Lately I've been sleeping 10ish hours still tired. Do I Tell her?

Yes, please: You should keep your doctor informed of all the symptoms and all the medications that your taking, including non-prescription and herbal medications. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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My pcp and gyn both recommended hysterectomy due to iron deficiency anemia. Also ruling out other issues. Would a hysterectomy be a good idea?

My pcp and gyn both recommended hysterectomy due to iron deficiency anemia.   Also ruling out other issues.  Would a hysterectomy be a good idea?

Depends: If you are done with childbearing and there is excessive menstrual bleeding due to uterine abnormalities, hysterectomy would help. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for iron deficiency anemia to go away?

How long is it supposed to it take for iron deficiency anemia to go away?

Can take months: Depends on if you are able to replace your iron and that the diagnosis was correct in the first place. ...Read more

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What is the best test to differentiate iron deficiency anemia from anemia of chronic disease?

Ferritin: Ferritin measures the amount of iron storage in the body and usually is really low in iron deficiency anemia, contrary to anemia of chronic disease that usually shows a normal ferritin level. There are other parameters to take into account off course but this one is one of the best to differentiate. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have normal blood levels but have every symptom of severe iron deficiency anemia?

Probably not anemia: "Normal blood levels" (e.g. hematocrit, hemoglobin, or iron testing) prove iron deficiency isn't the problem. The symptoms of "severe iron deficiency anemia" are exactly the same for many other health problems. See your doctor to learn the cause. ...Read more

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I can't sleep at night most of the time, I have an iron deficiency anemia.. Is this why i couldnt sleep?

I can't sleep at night most of the time, I have an iron deficiency anemia.. Is this why i couldnt sleep?

Yes: Symptoms common to many types of anemia (low hemoglobin) include the following: easy fatigue and loss of energy, rapid heart beat (particularly with exercise), shortness of breath, headache, difficulty concentrating, dizziness, pale skin, leg cramps, and insomnia. Hopefully as your anemia corrects, you will start sleeping better. ...Read more

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Please tell me if iron deficiency anemia can cause cataracts? I am 23, have iron deficiency anemia, the cause of which is still not clear.

Please tell me if iron deficiency anemia can cause cataracts?
I am 23, have iron deficiency anemia, the cause of which is still not clear.

Rare: Usual cases of iron deficiency anemia are caused by blood loss from some source, whether stool, menses, inadequate intake, heel strike hemolysis, etc. Rarely is cataract formation caused by iron deficiency. The latter has been discovered in a genetic disorder hereditary hyperferritinemia-cataract syndrome (hhcs) presenting with iron deficiency anemia. You should see your md for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Can someone die from sever iron deficiency/anemia? Specifically in the case if an eating disorder?

Can someone die from sever iron deficiency/anemia? Specifically in the case if an eating disorder?

Absolutely: Severe anemia from any cause can throw you into congestive heart failure and then pneumonia. Iron deficiency has many causes, including fad / politically correct diets, but also bleeding from some source that will need to be discovered. And being anemic is miserable in itself, preventing you from working and playing to capacity. ...Read more

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Dr thinks I'm on verge of iron deficiency anemia. Ferritin is only low #.hemoglobin is fine. Platelet is 600. Is high platelet related to pre-anemia?

Dr thinks I'm on verge of iron deficiency anemia.  Ferritin is only low #.hemoglobin is fine. Platelet is 600. Is high platelet related to pre-anemia?

Anemia: Elevated plata,eats may be due to recent bleeding from your period . Starting iron supplement is a good idea in a young person to compensate for blood loss due to heavy menstrual loss . ...Read more

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I've had iron deficiency anemia for almost a year. I take ferrous sulfate everyday. Can.getting blood drawn every 2 weeks cause iron deficiency anemia?

I've had iron deficiency anemia for almost a year. I take ferrous sulfate everyday. Can.getting blood drawn every 2 weeks cause iron deficiency anemia?

Yes, but depends: It takes a few months to recover the loss of blood from a blood draw. If you get frequent blood draws of sufficient volume, you could get anemic. Most of the time the amount of blood taken for routine blood tests is small enough that anemia is unlikely. ...Read more

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Does iron deficiency anemia causes fever? In infants? He has a high WBC count but not so significant.

Does iron deficiency anemia causes fever? In infants? He has a high WBC count but not so significant.

Fe deficiency....: Does not cause fever. Your child may have acquired an infection, which would fall under the heading of true, true, and unrelated. If you re worried about your child's status, you should contact you doctor, tell them what's happening and then listen to their advice. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can having an iron-deficiency anemia cause me to have other deficiencies also?

Can having an iron-deficiency anemia cause me to have other deficiencies also?

Depends on the cause: Usually not. However, it will depend on the cause of course .Having an iron deficiency anemia will not cause you to have other deficiency. However, if the reason why you have iron deficiency anemia is due to gastric by pass surgery or gastric removal surgery or autoimmune gastritis for instance- then you can have both iron deficiency as well as vit B12 deficiency- because of absorption problems. ...Read more

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Some people with iron deficiency anemia crave and chew ice so much. Why is that?

Some people with iron deficiency anemia crave and chew ice so much. Why is that?

I am not sure: We know exactly. It is known as pica. The ice is common in the north. In the south some people eat clay soil and or corn starch. ...Read more

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What will happen if someone with iron deficiency anemia lets their iron level get extremely low?

Low blood counts: In most people, iron is "lost" very slowly over time. In some patients, iron levels drop, due to bleeding, menstruation, or lack of absorption. In that case, anemia can soon follow, unless iron supplements are given. Pica is another consequence of low iron. Pica is the craving of inedible substances, such as ice or dirt. ...Read more

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How long after turning vegetarian might iron deficiency anemia start to show up?

Not necessary: Contrary to what you might have heard on tv or some "experts", you don't necessarily get iron deficient just because you're vegetarian. Lots of vegetables, beans, & fortified bread are loaded with iron. Many cultures survived millennia on little to no meat & many others with almost no red meat. It depends on the variety of your diet & medical conditions present. Plus there's iron in eggs & fish. ...Read more

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